Too Many Americans Have Short Memories

During the time Donald Trump has been President, some people have suggested that George W. Bush’s Presidency wasn’t all that bad.  Most recently, the public found it endearing when he handed Michelle Obama a piece of candy. How many people remember the stolen 2000 Election, the oafish, graceless behavior after the September 11 tragedy, the lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq, the torture of Muslims, etc? If you’re impressed by a piece of candy and W.’s negative statements about Trump, either you were born very recently or you forgot all about some major events that still affect … Continue reading Too Many Americans Have Short Memories

Ambition and Self-Empowerment, not Justice

Please find the link to Andrew Gumbel’s article on The Guardian’s site at the end of this post. Some conservatives believe disregarding the rights of the accused is an appropriate way to obtain justice.  It is not. There are reasons we have safeguards in criminal law, including the right not to incriminate oneself.  Those protections aren’t just for the guilty.  They’re also a safety net for people who are falsely accused or suspected. Orange County, California is the defendant in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, alleging the county Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office have encouraged coerced confessions from suspects.  … Continue reading Ambition and Self-Empowerment, not Justice

Guns And Donuts

Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Is my imagination in overdrive, or are this law’s supporters the same people who believe they have a right to take firearms into the local donut shop?  The same people who want to test welfare applicants for drugs?  The same people who cheer on The Donald? Uh, probably. http://www.advocate.com/religion/2016/4/05/mississippi-governor-signs-sweeping-anti-lgbt-religious-liberty-law Continue reading Guns And Donuts